Attic Red-Figure Nestoris

Attributed to Polygnotos450 - 440 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

On the top of the broad lip is what might be a pursuit scene (women, an altar). The upper register of the body has scenes related to the Trojan war. On one side, Menelaus recovers Helen, as Aphrodite, holding a small Eros, stands between them. On the other side, Priam sits on an altar; Polyxena flees while Achilles pursues Troilus. On the lower register are two scenes involving the pursuit of women. On one side, the pursuer is a winged figure, on the other, a young man with spears in petasos and chlamys. Each long upright handle is decorated with a single standing figure. The more fully preserved figure carries a writing tablet. At the top of each is a flat plaque with a checkerboard pattern on one side, a palmette on the other, and is punctuated by three pairs of holes. Each is topped by a pair of horns.The vessel has a ring foot.

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  • Title: Attic Red-Figure Nestoris
  • Creator: Attributed to Polygnotos
  • Date: 450 - 440 B.C.
  • Location Created: Athens, Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: 41.6 x 35.9 cm (16 3/8 x 14 1/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Terracotta
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California, Anonymous gift
  • Object Type: Nestoris
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 81.AE.183.2
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 110, Stories of Trojan War
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Greek (Attic)
  • Credit Line: Anonymous gift
  • Classification: Vessels


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